Thailand mulls stricter measures amid worsening COVID-19 outbreak: limiting outdoor time, shutting ‘unnecessary’ venues

Top authorities will meet tomorrow to consider stricter measures to curb the climbing numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, both of which have reached new records in recent days. 

The Health Ministry said they are proposing several tighter measures to the COVID-19 task force, including limits to interprovincial travel and asking people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Temporarily shutting venues that are “unnecessary” in people’s daily lives is in discussion as well.

Activities that would be allowed include going out to buy food and groceries, seeing a doctor and getting vaccinated.

The meeting will be held at 10am tomorrow, according to Ratchada Thanadirek, deputy spokesperson of the government.

Thailand today hit another record high with 7,058 COVID-19 infections and 75 deaths. Since the start of the third-wave outbreak in April, Thailand has reported 279,367 COVID-19 patients.

Bangkok and nine other provinces currently are under pandemic restrictions that will bar dining-in at restaurants and keep worker camps shut until July 27. 

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